Checker Plate - Checker Sheet

What is a Checker Plate?

A checker plate sheet is a metal product with raised patterns on one side and a smooth surface on the reverse side. You can also refer to a checkered plate as a diamond plate. The patterns on a chequer plate sheet vary depending on the design and functional needs. The same law of variance also applies to the height of raised textures on a diamond plate.

While a chequer plate sheet has plenty of aesthetic functions, most customers in the UK use it for applications that demand increased traction. The raised patterns on a diamond plate will increase friction between the plates and your shoes.

Increased friction means the chances of slipping while walking on a checkered plate fall drastically. That’s why the checker plate is hugely popular in the UK industrial sector.

Our Checker Plate Offerings: What is it Made of?

As the top provider of checkered plate products in the UK, we only deliver diamond plates made of high-quality metal. Depending on your unique needs, we can deliver aluminium, stainless steel and checkered steel plates.

The manufacturing process happens in one of two ways — hot rolling or stamping. The two methods use heat and pressure to manufacture checker plate sheets. For stamping, we pass metal at room temperature through large rollers.

Passing metal through huge rollers generates pressure that transfers the chequered pattern to one side of the metal. The first roller is typically smooth while the other will have the predetermined pattern. This manufacturing process is best for checker plate sheets.

The second method, hot rolling, is best for making steel diamond plates. It happens by flash heating the metal above recrystallisation temperatures to molten form. Then, just like with stamping, we’ll pass the metal through huge rollers. Under room temperature, the previously molten metal will cool and assume a diamond plate pattern.

Why You Need a Checker Plate

The unique properties of our chequer plate products mean they can be useful in industrial and residential sectors. Majorly, the point of installing chequer plate sheets is to improve traction in the installation area. This means our chequer plate offerings are useful for catwalks, work platforms, walkways and stairs.

Our checker plate sheets are also ideal for outdoor environments in the UK. The diamond plate is great for ambulance interiors and for use on firetruck footplates.

The metal components of a chequer plate sheet make it highly resistant to heat, dust, corrosion and chemicals. Therefore, you can install it in treatment plants, oil production platforms and chemical workshops.

The strength of our diamond plate sheets can help nullify damage to surfaces that see heavy traffic. For instance, checker plate sheets in shipping docks can easily withstand forklifts while ensuring traction for warehouse workers.

The thickness and patterns present on a diamond plate can make it useful for various aesthetic purposes. By customising the finish and patterns on a chequer plate sheet, you can add to the aesthetic design of the installation space.

Look through our collection for a variety of checker plate sheets fit for different industrial and residential purposes. We deliver to locations across the UK!

Our Checkered Plate Sheet: What to Expect

Below are the top features of our diamond plate offerings:

  • Anti-skid: This comes from the raised checker plate surface.

  • Anti-rust and corrosion: Aluminum and a galvanized finish equal resistance to dusty and corrosive environments.

  • Temperature resistance: Our stainless steel chequer plate products are resistant to alkaline solutions and temperature.

  • Aesthetics: The bright, polished finish makes the installation area more beautiful.

  • Simple Installation: All of our chequer plate sheets are easy to install. They’re lightweight and come as one-piece structures. Therefore, you’ll need less manpower to install them.

Types of Checker Plates: Our Offerings 

Aluminum Warehouse is looking to become your one-stop-shop for all your checker plate needs within the UK. That’s why we stock different types of chequer plate sheets.

Aluminum Checker Plate

With aluminium as its primary constituent, this checker plate sheet is highly corrosion resistant. It can also withstand outdoor elements. With these unique characteristics, you’ll find an aluminium checker plate in outdoor settings like a loading dock, parking lots or outdoor stairs.

One standout quality of the aluminium checker plate is that it’s easy to wash. Its simple maintenance routines make aluminium checker plates great for restrooms, walk-in freezers and kitchens.

Diamond Plates

Diamond plates are lightweight sheets with a regular pattern on one side and a unique pattern on the other side. The pattern on the other side can be the round pattern, willow leaf design or a traditional diamond pattern.

Steel Checker Plate Sheet 

Carbon steel is the principal element here. Due to the presence of carbon steel, this type of chequer plate has high industrial strength. It’s also cheaper compared to aluminium plates.

Steel checker plate sheets are durable and easy to maintain. They’re ideal for stairs, ramps, trailer floors, truck beds and varied structural applications.

Stainless Steel Checker Plate

Stainless steel checker plate sheets are on the higher end of the luxury and cost scale. It’s best used in chemical industries due to its high corrosion resistance. Stainless steel plates can withstand harsh chemicals and heavy foot traffic. It’s also visually attractive, making it an option for people with decorative intentions.

Checker Plate Thickness

The thickness of your checker plate depends on the intended purposes. Aluminum Warehouse provides chequer plates in different sizes. Common sizes include 48 x 96, 48 x 120 and 60 x 120 (all measurements are in inches). Regarding thickness, we deliver diamond plates ranging from 0.8mm to 5.0mm.

It’s up to you to ensure you’re installing the right sized checker plate. Below, we’ll discuss tips to measure checker plate thickness correctly.

The measurement should start from the flat area of the checker sheet as opposed to the raised patterns. Also, you shouldn’t expect exact measurements. Manufacturers tend to leave allowance for tolerance. Therefore a checkered plate with 2.55 mm thickness will give readings anywhere between 2.31-2.57mm.

More tips to making accurate measurements include the following:

  • Use a micrometre for accurate measurements.

  • Measure different areas of the checker plate multiple times.

  • Calculate the average of your measurements to get the thickness of the tread plate.

  • Don’t account for patterns when taking the measurements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Checker Plates

Here’s what you need to know:

What is a Checker Plate?

A checker plate is a metal sheet product with diamond-like patterns that create increased traction on a diamond plate. Manufacturers can make chequer plates from a variety of materials. It can also have varying heights and patterns.

What is the Checker Plate Used For?

The most common application of a diamond plate is increased traction. Walkways, shopping docks and industrial areas are some of the common applications of a checker plate. Another application is for aesthetic purposes. A checker plate is also useful for signs, bars and displays.